Following a City Council-led overhaul of the city's lead laws, New York City has seen an 89% reduction in the number of children under age 6 with blood lead level at or above 5 micrograms since 2005. Following a City Council-led overhaul of the city’s lead laws, New York City has seen an 89% reduction in the number of children under age 6 with blood lead level at or above 5 micrograms since 2005.

NEW YORK CITY—After the latest city statistics indicated that more than 800 children aged five and under living in New York City Housing Authority apartments  tested positive for elevated levels of lead, New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer said his office will begin an investigation into the widening lead poisoning scandal at city-owned housing properties.

The New York Daily News and New York Post published stories over the weekend that detailed New York City Department of Health statistics that indicated 820 children aged five and under living in NYCHA apartments tested positive for elevated lead levels of 5 to 9 micro-grams per deciliter of blood from 2012 through 2016.

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